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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen

This Just In

While I agree that cake makes even bad news at least a little sweeter, there's still a right and a wrong way to break some news.

This is why fortune tellers should never become bakers.

[on the phone] "No, of course we're not celebrating that you didn't get parole, Trish; there's a frowny face on your cake and everything!"

Why, yes, that IS a used pregnancy test on the cake.
(And you thought I'd never post it!)

"People, I have some good news, and I have some bad news. The good news: This is our last all-day staff meeting! Yeah!

"The bad news: We're going out of business because we can't afford the mortgage any longer.

"But wait! There's more good news: we have a cake."

"Oh, and more bad news: they spelled 'mortgage' wrong. Still, if one of you can get this baker fired and then take his or her job, then that's actually good news, right? Right? Guys? Where are you going? Hey, at least leave me a slice of cake! C'mon!"

Alicia A., Natalie H., Anony M., & Morganna B. were recognized as "Wreckporters of the Day" this morning in a brief online ceremony. Sadly, they received no cake.

- Related Wreckage: Makes Ya Wonder What the Card Said

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Reader Comments (82)

Mmmm, pregnancy test cake. Gives a whole new meaning to "I want sprinkles."

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Aside from the questionable-ness of using a pregnancy test strip on the cake (ick), what is with all the bakeries putting curled ribbon on your frosting? And in the case of this cake, it looks like it's got the little cardboard thingy for sticking it on your package. Operative word--package. Actual ribbons are for packages.
Other than that, the other cakes are great--as long as I am not the designated cakee.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdrgns4vr

So...very icky pregnacy test on cake, but there is some hope. It appears that the actual test is wrapped in plastic. Still gross, but at least they had that thought, 'hey this might be gross' :\

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan

I wonder if that pee cake has a little wang to it...

~~ Chris

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@ Taylor:

haha! That episode of Friends was on last night here in Cleveland!

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermimi

How the heck did people celebrate a pregnancy before home tests? With a dead rabbit on a cake? And why don't people understand we'd be a lot happier for them if they just let us take their word for it? I'm just seeing this cake as the evidence of two fools spawning, because if they'll eat this cake and try to serve it to others, God only knows what they'll let that poor child put in its mouth.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If these cakes didn't have names on them, I'd say this was The Story of Amber continuing! (In any case, these folks can have my slice of cake. I'm feeling kind of generous, I guess.)

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

(at least?) they appear to have wrapped the pregnancy test in press-n-seal wrap so that it's not actually TOUCHING the cake... :/

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMiss Hannah

Do you think the "No Parole 4 Trish" cake has a hacksaw blade baked into it? Or at least a shiv?

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

That's ONE way to announce several things at once:

1. The failure of an individual or company
2. The failure of someone who doesn't know the WRONG occasions to order cake
3. The failure of a baker for not laughing said "someones" out the door and actually putting pregnancy sticks on cakes.

Too funny! :) Thanks, Kay KRX

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStoich91

Am I the only one who can't seem to make out what the pee cake says? My eyes kinda hurt from staring at the screen by now

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRozi

It probably will be Patrice's last birthday due to the tubs of half eaten butter next to the cake!

Aside from the gross pee stick on the cake, I just can't understand for the life of me why they sprayed that poor cake with all that silly string! ;)-- Ashley

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Yikes! Where does the butter fit in with Patrice's cake?

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

@Ruby Reveles and Gary:
Totally was thinking the same thing! "Better make it the half sheet. Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, and can you bake something in there, like a file or a saw? I'll bring it in and everything. Just put it on the diagonal, that's fine"

WV: corca. Witha thatta fila inna herra cayca, Trisha gonna poppa outta jaila like-a corca fromma Champagna!

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

You were mentioned on New Zealand television today.
It reminded me how freaking awesome your blog is.

Happy last birthday is genius!

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura & Helen

I have this rule where I will not accept anything that has been peed on being put on food. I didn't know I had that rule until now, but I do.

I think it's important to have standards.

(Also, could the "last" possibly be a badly misinterpreted "1st"? Because otherwise I'm out of ideas.)

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy

Oh gross who on earth would want to put a used pregnancy test on a cake? What a good way to have me run out of the room screaming. And that first one would make me laugh then quietly call my doctor just in case.. if I ever had a cake like that I would probably send it back lol.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

There's a slice in the Happy Last Birthday cake, so they actually bought it! Maybe Patrice had cancer or something and they wanted to remind her to be positive. Therefore, cake. Cake is very positive. I don't think the pregnancy stick is actually on the cake. I zoomed in and it looks like it's really on top of the plastic container. I can't believe someone would actually put it anywhere near the cake at all.

Poor Trish!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I actually had a nightmare last night about the pregnancy test cake.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZanthia

urine for a treat !!!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe it's Patrice's last birthday due to the two ginormous tubs of land o' lakes butter being served with it in the background... ? ew.

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Is there at least a file baked inside the no-parole cake? - DeadEye

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Maybe Patrice is "39 and Holding", which would make the Happy Last Birthday cake actually make sense. But the RIP for the 5th birthday??? I've got nothin.

Tina :-)

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The pee stick is not wrapped.

The pee stick is ACTUALLY on the cake, not photoshopped or on the plastic lid.

They ate the cake, but supposedly not from the part of the cake where the pee stick was planted.

I've seen the video that goes with the announcement. It's real.

April 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

a USED pregnancy test on top of a cake...
Ew, just ew.

April 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterArlene

You have no idea how hilarious the parole cake is to me. My mother-in-law used to be a parole officer and her name is Trish.
I'll have to keep this gem of a thought tucked away for the next big family get together. It will comfort me when things inevitabley turn "special".

April 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Again trying to figure out the WHY? Aside from the obvious spelling mistake on the Mortgage Fail cake.

I'm thinking it was not a foreclosure but rather someone paid off their mortgage EARLY. Killed the debt ( bank name on the tomb stone) The FAIL comes from the mortgage company failing to get their hands on all that extra interest.

April 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Seriously, I haven't laughed this much in a long time. OMG that was funny!

April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

EW! EW! EW! on the used pregancy stick test on the cake!!!


:) Mags

May 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMags

There really are cakes for all occasions! I love your blog. In a world of blogs on how to make the prettiest cake, yours is truly unique. I'm thoroughly enjoying looking at all of the cakes. Thanks for sharing.

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLynn at Cake Pans 101

Patrice probably had one of those 'milestone' birthdays that end in '9'. One hopes.

#3 If you look carefully, you will see the *cover* on the *cookie*. The cover is reflecting at the very top but not elsewhere because of the low angle. The tester is on the cover. Did anyone else's appetite return on noticing that detail?

#4 Has to be celebrating the demise of a competitor, probably a 'mortage' company. The motif would make somewhat more sense if it turned out that 'mortage' is a new euphemism for 'funeral home'.

January 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig

"Happy last Birthday", does this mean they missed the last birthday, or is the current birthday not a happy occasion?" rel="nofollow">mark thuesen

February 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark Thuesen

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